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First Song, First Album

Here is a list of my favorite opening tracks off of artist's debut albums. One-n-done's such as the Avalanches and Jeff Buckley do not count.
1 Animal Collective
Spirit They're Gone...


"Spirit They've Vanished"
2Aphex Twin
Selected Ambient Works 85-92


"Xtal" - My favorite Aphex Twin song ever. Probably the perfect introduction to such a fruitful career.
3Arcade Fire
Funeral


"Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)"
4Autechre
Incunabula


"Kalpol Introl"
5Battles
Mirrored


"Race:In"
6Beastie Boys
Licensed to Ill


"Rhymin' and Stealin" - I don't care much for the album itself but the sample of Led Zeppelin's "When the Levee Breaks" is stellar, a glimpse into what the Dust Brothers would perfect on their next album.
7Belle and Sebastian
Tigermilk


"The State I Am In"
8Bjork
Debut


"Human Behaviour"
9Black Sabbath
Black Sabbath


"Black Sabbath"
10James Blake
James Blake


"Unluck" - Despite how claustrophobic and desolate James Blake's music can be, it is also quite beautiful and engaging. This song is a perfect example of the duality of his debut album, which manages to mend human emotion and robotic thinking in a compelling way.
11Boards of Canada
Boc Maxima


"Wildlife Analysis" - This also works for Music Has The Right to Children, their first major release
12Glenn Branca
The Ascension


"Lesson No.2"
13Captain Beefheart
Safe as Milk


"Sure 'Nuff 'n Yes, I Do"
14The Chemical Brothers
Exit Planet Dust


"Leave Home"
15The Clash
The Clash (UK)


"Janie Jones"; also "Clash City Rockers", from the US release.
16Leonard Cohen
Songs of Leonard Cohen


"Suzanne"
17Crystal Castles
Crystal Castles


"Untrust Us"
18Death Grips
Exmilitary


"Beware" - It is a bold move for a group to begin their first full release with a Charles Manson sample, but Death Grips are fearless enough to pull it off, and with aplomb. A great showcase to the group's visceral and alienating style.
19Devo
Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!


"Uncontrollable Urge"
20DIIV
Oshin


"(Druun)"
21The Doors
The Doors


"Break On Through (To the Other Side)"
22Nick Drake
Five Leaves Left


"Time Has Told Me"
23Brian Eno
Here Come the Warm Jets


"Needle in the Camel's Eye"
24Faust
Faust


"Why Don't You Eat Carrots"
25Fleet Foxes
Fleet Foxes


"Sun it Rises"
26Franz Ferdinand
Franz Ferdinand


"Jacqueline"
27 Guns N' Roses
Appetite for Destruction


"Welcome to the Jungle" - I'll give it to Guns N' Roses - they are talented musicians and have written some of the most memorable, heavy-hitting, and creative hair metal of all time... but they're still annoying twats.
28 Herbie Hancock
Takin' Off


"Watermelon Man" - The Head Hunters version is much better than this, but this is still a fun and catchy jazz tune.
29The Jimi Hendrix Experience
Are You Experienced


"Foxy Lady"; some versions also begin with "Purple Haze", another classic Hendrix song.
30Here We Go Magic
Here We Go Magic


"Only Pieces"
31Interpol
Turn on the Bright Lights


"Untitled"
32Joy Division
Unknown Pleasures


"Disorder"
33Justice
Cross


"Genesis"
34King Crimson
In the Court of the Crimson King


"21st Century Schizoid Man"
35LCD Soundsystem
LCD Soundsystem


"Daft Punk is Playing at My House"
36Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin


"Good Times, Bad Times"
37Local Natives
Gorilla Manor


"Wide Eyes"
38Magazine
Real Life


"Definitive Gaze"
39Mercury Rev
Yerself is Steam


"Chasing a Bee" - This melted my brain the first time I heard it.
40MGMT
Oracular Spectacular


"Time to Pretend"
41Miike Snow
Miike Snow


"Animal"
42Modest Mouse
This is a Long Drive for Someone With Nothing to..


"Dramamine"
43The Mothers of Invention
Freak Out!


"Hungry Freaks, Daddy" - It was, at this moment, that I realized that the Mothers of Invention were greater than just about any other band from their time.
44Mr. Bungle
Mr Bungle


"Quote Unquote"
45 My Bloody Valentine
Isn't Anything


"Soft as Snow (But Warm Inside)"
46Neutral Milk Hotel
On Avery Island


"Song Against Sex"
47New Order
Movement


"Dreams Never End"
48New York Dolls
New York Dolls


"Personality Crisis"
49Nujabes
Metaphorical Music


"Blessing It (Remix)"
50Oasis
Definitely Maybe


"Rock 'n' Roll Star"
51of Montreal
Cherry Peel


"Everything Disappears When You Come Around" - Kevin Barnes progression from naiive indie folk singer to a manic pixie Bowie-Prince hybrid is one of the strangest I've seen. At least, at one point, Kevin Barnes was a pretty relatable dude.
52Pearl Jam
Ten


"Once"
53Pere Ubu
The Modern Dance


"Non-Alignment Pact"
54Phantogram
Eyelid Movies


"Mouthful of Diamonds"
55Pink Floyd
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn


"Astronomy Domine"
56Portishead
Dummy


"Mysterons"
57The Prodigy
Experience


"Jericho"
58Rage Against the Machine
Rage Against the Machine


"Bombtrack"
59Ramones
Ramones


"Blitzkrieg Bop"
60R.E.M.
Murmur


"Radio-Free Europe"
61RJD2
Deadringer


"The Horror"
62Royksopp
Melody A.M.


"So Easy"
63Ulrich Schnauss
Far Away Trains Passing By


"Knuddelmaus"
64Seefeel
Quique


"Climactic Phase #3"
65Silver Apples
Silver Apples


"Oscillations"
66Slowdive
Just For a Day


"Spanish Air"
67Patti Smith
Horses


"Gloria"
68Sonic Youth
Sonic Youth


"The Burning Spear"
69Spiritualized
Lazer Guided Melodies


"You Know It's True"
70The Stone Roses
The Stone Roses


"I Wanna Be Adored"
71The Stooges
The Stooges


"1969"
72St. Vincent
Marry Me


"Now, Now"
73Swans
Filth


"Stay Here"
74Talking Heads
Talking Heads: 77


"Uh-Oh, Love Comes to Town"
75Tame Impala
Innerspeaker


"It is Not Meant to Be"
76Television
Marquee Moon


"See No Evil"
77Amon Tobin
Bricolage


"Stoney Street"
78Tycho
Sunrise Projector


"Sunrise Projector"
79U2
Boy


"I Will Follow"
80Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Unknown Mortal Orchestra


"Ffunny Ffrends"
81Vampire Weekend
Vampire Weekend


"Mansard Roof"
82Van Halen
Van Halen


"Runnin' With the Devil"
83The Velvet Underground
The Velvet Underground & Nico


"Sunday Morning"
84Scott Walker
Scott


"Mathilde"
85Washed Out
Within and Without


"Eyes Be Closed"
86Weezer
The Blue Album


"My Name is Jonas"
87Wire
Pink Flag


"Reuters"
88Wu-Tang Clan
Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)


"Bring Da Ruckus"
89 Zomby
Where Were U in '92?


"Fuck Mixing, Let's Dance"
90The Strokes
Is This It


"Is This It?"
91The xx
xx


"Intro"
92The Who
My Generation


"Out in the Street"
93 Band
Album
94 Band
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